We Finally Went to IKEA (and bought lights for the kitchen!)

This weekend, my parents came up for a visit and we made the trek to IKEA. We had a list of small items we needed for the kitchen (things like drawer organizers and other random little accessories. Even though we had fun looking through the show rooms, it was very crowded (we were there on […]

Weekend Rewind: Rainbow Bookshelves Edition

This weekend I finally mustered up enough motivation and energy to tackle some organization. The first project? Moving into the new built-in bookshelves in our living room: These bad boys were pretty bare for the past 2-3 weeks after I took down all the random Christmas decorations I’d stashed there when we finished building these […]

Light Up Your New Year: Sponsored Giveaway Opportunity

Hi guys, today I’m writing a slightly different kind of post to share a giveaway with you guys. We’re not running it, just sharing it in case you want to enter! Good luck! Recently, we were contacted by the folks at GE, who are running a giveaway inspired by the types of problems consumers have while […]

Meet Rhonda 2.0

Ok, we haven’t officially settled on a name, but I wanted to go ahead and share how we spent last night… Yep, we said goodbye to good old Rhonda the Honda and replaced her with the same car…only 19 years newer. We didn’t get a brand new one. It’s a 2009 Accord, but it’s quite […]

A Custom Vent Cover

Yesterday, I shared our list of remaining kitchen tasks. The first one we tackled was the vent cover for the vent over the stove. We had to move this vent in order to accommodate the range hood. And, since it was only moved the minimum amount, we didn’t *quite* leave enough room for a standard […]

What’s Really Left With Kitchen

Since from the outside appearances, the kitchen might appear done (it did to a few guests we’ve had over), I thought I’d make a list we can cross off as we work on the few remaining items. Plus, we’re both over the kitchen project and ready to move on to other things, so this will […]

Gratitude Changes Attitudes FREE PRINTABLE

I wanted to share the second free printable I designed for our new clipboard collage. This one was inspired by my desire to see beyond the sickness and enjoy these early weeks of pregnancy. It’s crazy we’re already through the first trimester and only about six months from meeting little Beanie. But I still sometimes […]

Oh, Baby! Free Pregnancy Countdown Printable

I’m not going to lie to you guys, I’ve been sick a lot of the last 8-10 weeks. And my motivation is lower than low. As in zero. So, I haven’t done much of anything that can be qualified as progress, unless you count laundry and occasionally paying bills or unloading the dishwasher. Nope. I […]

DIwYatt: A Handy Cord Hideaway

Yesterday, Melissa shared our new TV stand. See how neat and tidy the inside of the box looks? So much nicer than if there were cords and cables and such running everywhere. I made a small cord hideaway for the new entertainment center with leftover wood from the kitchen project and the floor. The basic […]

A New Home for Stevie…the TV

One of our home goals for the year was to find a new TV stand. You already know we didn’t be crossing every item off our list this year because the kitchen project really took up a lot more time than we had planned. You can read that recap here. But, after several online searches, […]

Our Goals for 2015

Well, now that we’ve been honest about how we did last year, I guess it’s time to post our list of goals for 2015. I had fun looking back at our resolutions and goals from 2014, 2013, and even 2012. I’ve started calling these lists more goals than resolutions because resolutions typically are more general […]

Resolution Rewind 2014

Well, I know even before writing this post that we haven’t accomplished everything that was on our list for the year. But we did accomplish a few things that weren’t on the list, so I have to have some grace with ourselves as we weigh all the things we’ve done this year with all the […]

DIwYatt: From Rickety Railing to Built-in Bookcase

As part of the kitchen/floor/never-ending remodeling project, we wanted to replace the stair railing with something a little more sturdy and functional. Melissa had the idea to turn the area into built-in bookshelves with a railing on the back. I was a little skeptical at first, but she convinced me it would work, and I […]

Hello Again!

Hi guys! Have you had a nice holiday? We took a break from blogging (and work) over Christmas to enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation with friends and family. Now, we’re back to work, but thankful for another holiday later this week to help us ease back into the habit of getting things done. We […]

The Open Shelving is Done!

You guys, our kitchen is so close to being finished that I can finally taste the finish line. (That’s a weird way of saying it…) I want to come back with some details later on to tell you all about how we tackled the open shelving, but for now, I have to share a photo […]

What we’ve been doing…

The past few days have been full of scrambling around and trying to finish a bunch of odd projects for the kitchen. We’ll be back to share details on a few on those projects, but in the meantime, just know we’ve been doing things like… Building shelves: Painting: Installing shelf brackets: Building bookshelves: Painting: Buying […]

What we Learned about Laying Hardwood Flooring Part 2

We’re back sharing the rest of the flooring tips and tricks we learned along the way. For Part 1, see yesterday’s post. Again, remember to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific flooring. These are the tips and tricks we learned along the way. 6. The transitions between the new floor and the carpet or […]

What We Learned About Laying Hardwood Flooring Part 1

It’s been a long journey to this point in the remodeling process. Melissa already shared some preview photos of the new floor, here. But we also wanted to share some of the tips for laying flooring that we picked up along the way. First of all, we want to say it’s important to fully research and completely […]

Trimming and Final Touches

Since finishing the floors, we’ve been tackling jobs that will help us get back to a “normal” state of living around here. Unfortunately, these “finishing touches” take a LONG time. But, with Christmas coming up QUICK, we have no choice but to keep going. Thanks for sticking with us as posts have been fewer and […]

And now that we all know I have no patience…

Here we are, blogging failures lately. Sorry, guys. Not only has it taken us a LONG time to get this Q&A video filmed for you guys, we’ve been seriously slacking in the writing department lately with no new house or remodel updates to share. And as you’ll see in the video below, I’m not very […]

The First Look at Our Flooring

Guys, I can finally say the flooring is done. Let’s all pause for cheering and celebration, okay? I hope you also celebrated Thanksgiving and had a grand ‘ole time. It’s been a crazy, busy couple of weeks around the Loving Here household. Are you all celebrated out? Good. Thanks for joining in on that with […]

Adding Some Spice with Target for Thanksgiving – Sponsored Post

Congrats to our winner! Comment number 10! Winner has been notified and prize will be fulfilled by Target. This post is #Sponsored by #TargetWedding, but the words and opinions are all our own.  Even though we REALLY wanted to have our kitchen project totally done by Thanksgiving, which isn’t going to happen, I’m still excited […]

Sponsored Post – Seeing Better With Sunglasses

***Psst! There’s a giveaway going on at the bottom of this post! Don’t miss your chance for some free glasses!  *******Also, don’t miss the giveaway going on here until Nov. 16,  for $40 in giftcards in honor of our blogiversary! This post is sponsored by Firmoo Eyewear. I received a free pair of glasses in exchange for […]

It’s Blogiversary Time Again! GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Winner has been chosen! Congrats, Lauren! This week marks two years of this little blog and we are super excited to celebrate with all of you! I’ve been wanting to do some updates to our design, so be on the lookout for those coming up in the next few weeks. Life’s been crazy around here […]